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Kenya & Tanzania – The Great Migration 2024
The Great Migration is one of nature’s grandest spectacles as an estimated 1.5 million Wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of Plains Zebra follow the rains in search of the better-quality grazing. Kenya’s Masai Mara and Tanzania’s Northern Serengeti provide an amphitheatre to view this sensational occurrence, it’s an experience that leaves all who witness it in awe.
South Africa – Photo Tours 2024
The Sabi Sands and MalaMala are popular game reserves in South Africa known for their wildlife and safari experiences. The Sabi Sands is a private game reserve located in the greater Kruger National Park area of South Africa. It is well-known for its high population of big cats such as lions and leopards as well as elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, and a variety of antelopes and birds.
ORYX – Celebrating 13 Years!
For the past 13 years, we have proudly led and inspired you, our esteemed guests, embarking on remarkable journeys together across the globe. We have ventured in pursuit of awe-inspiring cultures, breath-taking landscapes, and captivating wildlife encounters.
Kenya – Photo Tours 2024
Join ORYX Photo Tours in 2024 for an unforgettable journey through Kenya, focusing on predators and the elusive Black Leopard. Our meticulously crafted Photo Safaris immerse you in the raw African wilderness, guided by seasoned photographers. Capture thrilling predator interactions and the enigmatic Black Leopard in renowned parks the Maasai Mara, and Laikipia
India Snow Leopard Expedition 2024/2025
This Snow Leopard Photo Tour is a rare opportunity to spot elusive Snow Leopards in the wild. During this expedition, we will use the same guides and trackers as BBC’s Planet Earth II and the majority of this trip is based deep in Trans-Himalayas in Ladakh, where one of the world’s highest concentrations of Snow Leopards are found.
Introducing ORYX Ladies Photo Tour Leaders
Meet the ladies that make an ORYX photo tour such a memorable experience!
Join ORYX Leaders Penny Robartes, Charlotte Arthun, Kate Ochsman and allow our ladies to create the adventure of your dreams.
Borneo – Photo Tours 2024
Borneo is the world’s third largest island and conjures up images of a wild forest paradise where Orangutans, gibbons and colourful birds roam the Bornean jungle. On our Borneo photography tour, we will visit some of Borneo’s most famous wildlife sites and the oldest and tallest tropical rainforests in the world!
Last Spaces For ORYX Photo Tours 2023/2024
Embark on an unforgettable photo tour with us in the last part of 2023 and early 2024. Don’t miss your chance to secure one of the few remaining spaces and capture breathtaking moments in the stunning locations of Botswana, Kenya, and Madagascar. Join us for an incredible adventure filled with unique photographic opportunities.
Antarctica Snow Hill Emperor Penguin Expedition 2023
Join ORYX Photo Tours on this exclusive expedition to witness the remarkable emperor penguin colony near Snow Hill Island, Antarctica. Experience the awe-inspiring landscape, navigate through dense ice and tabular icebergs, and witness the 8,000 breeding pairs of emperor penguins in their natural habitat. Don’t miss this incredible wildlife viewing opportunity!
Re-Introducing Incredible India
The ORYX Photo Tours team are more excited than ever to re-introduce our clients to India, an absolutely remarkable and diverse country! Having led safaris to India for more than 12 years, we have garnered intimate knowledge, best photo opportunities, luxurious lodges and team of local guides, to ensure our clients have an exceptional safari experience of a lifetime.
Kenya – Black Leopard Photo Safaris 2023 & 2024
ORYX is proud to present you with a wildlife photo safari to the Laikipia region of Kenya, as we embark on an exciting journey to photograph one of the most special big cats in Africa – the gorgeous Black Leopard.
Botswana – Photo Tours in 2023
The ORYX Photo Tours team has designed two cost effective Wildlife Photo Tours offering incredible value for money to famed areas in Botswana that are well-known for their diversity in landscape, wildlife species and photographic opportunities to enhance your wildlife portfolio and safari experience.
India – Tiger Photo Tours in 2024
Welcome to India, a vivid kaleidoscope of colors, sounds, and flavors. From diverse landscapes to rich cultural experiences, India is an unparalleled destination for travel and photography. With astounding ruins, magnificent architecture, and abundant wildlife, it is a dream come true for photographers seeking unique opportunities.
Uganda – Great Apes & Wildlife Photo Tours in 2024
The ORYX Photo Tours team has designed an enticing photo tour to the “Pearl of Africa” that takes you to the edge of Lake Victoria in search of the Shoebill, to the famed savannas of Queen Elizabeth National Park for the tree-climbing lions of Ishasha and the rainforests of Kibale for chimpanzees and Bwindi for the mountain gorillas.
Madagascar Photo Tours in 2023
Explore Madagascar, the “laboratory of evolution,” where exceptional fauna and flora have evolved over millions of years. Embark on a thrilling photography tour, capturing the island’s legendary lemurs, colorful chameleons, endemic birds, and unique flora. Join ORYX on one of our Madagascar Photo Tours in 2023 for extraordinary encounters and capture stunning images.
Svalbard Photo Expeditions In 2023 & 2024
Svalbard’s breathtaking landscapes, with snowcapped mountains, glaciers, tundra, and fjords, set the stage for capturing the formidable Polar Bear and other wildlife wonders. Choose from four seasonal variations of Svalbard Photo Tours, each showcasing the magnificent beauty of this region. Embark on an unforgettable photography adventure in Svalbard’s splendors.
Antarctica Photo Expeditions in 2023
Choose which tour option is for you! Maybe it’s our Classic Antarctica Expedition which includes visits to Falkland Islands & South Georgia, or a fly-in photography expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Interested in the Antarctica Peninsula for photographers only? We have you covered…
BRAZIL – WILDLIFE OF THE PANTANAL PHOTO TOURS 2023
The ORYX Photo Tours team has designed both mixed group and Women Only photo tours to Brazil which visit the planet’s largest tropical wetland: The Pantanal. A fantastic selection of wildlife awaits the avid photographer, however one creature has an aura unlike any other in the region, and that is the breath-taking Jaguar.
INCREDIBLE VALUE FOR MONEY SOUTH AFRICAN PREDATOR SAFARIS 2023
We are pleased to announce that we are offering cost effective safaris to both the Sabi Sands and Madikwe Game Reserves. The Sabi Sands and Madikwe are two popular game reserves in South Africa known for their wildlife and safari experiences. The Sabi Sands is a private game reserve and is well-known for its high population of big cats such as lions and leopards as well as other wildlife such as elephants, rhinos…
A YEAR-END CELEBRATION; OUR THANKS TO YOU
As the year comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to thank you for your continued support and for choosing to travel with us. We are grateful for the trust you have placed in us and for the many wonderful experiences we have shared together…
OUTSTANDING 2023 BLACK FRIDAY OFFERINGS
This Black Friday we’re offering deals on select tours in 2023 to Africa, Madagascar, Asia, and South America. Filled with a myriad of wildlife photographic opportunities and experiences that will get your camera shutters working overtime, we recommend you do not delay in securing your place on one of our fantastic photo tours now!
UGANDA – GREAT APES & WILDLIFE PHOTO TOUR 2023
Join us on an enticing photo tour to the “Pearl of Africa” that takes you to the edge of Lake Victoria in search of the stupendous Shoebill, to the famed savannas of Queen Elizabeth National Park for the tree-climbing lions of Ishasha and the tropical rainforests of Kibale and Bwindi Impenetrable for chimpanzees and stars of the show, mountain gorillas…
NEW OMO VALLEY PHOTO TOURS RELEASED
ORYX Photo Tours is pleased to announce that we are offering 2 new departure dates for our scheduled “Vanishing Tribes of the Omo Valley Photo Tour” in 2023!This is one of our most popular cultural photo tours that showcases the rich colours, intricate designs and eye-catching ornaments that characterise the bodily adornments of the Suri, Karo, Hamar and Mursi tribes…
TANZANIA & KENYA’S GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH
The Great Migration is one of nature’s grandest spectacles. Ann estimated 1.5 million Wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of Plains Zebra follow the rains in search of the better-quality grazing. Kenya’s Masai Mara and Tanzania’s Northern Serengeti provide an amphitheatre to view this sensational occurrence…
New Tour: Bhutan – Exploring its Ancient Culture
This Bhutan photo tour’s highlights will include cultural photo sessions with the unique and distinct Layap and Brokpa people, the annual Paro festival, which is one of the best ways to experience the ancient living culture of Bhutan, as well as visits to picturesque dzongs and monasteries, including the impressive cliff hugging Tiger’s Nest.
It’s the Season to be on Safari
Do you fancy waking up on Christmas morning to vast, animal-filled vistas in Kenya, game drives in South Africa for superb Big 5 viewing? How about trekking Uganda and Rwanda’s Mountain Gorilla? It’s time to forgo your usual haunts for this festive season and journey with your family, friends or as a solo traveller to one or more of your dream destinations with our ORYX Custom Tour Department!
Tribes of the Omo Valley Photo Tours 2023 & 2024
Limited spaces – Ethiopia’s Omo Valley is truly a cultural photographic treasure trove! Home to such resplendently decorated tribes as the Mursi, Karo, Hamar and Suri, ORYX’s photographic cultural tours to the Omo Valley showcase the rich colours, intricate designs and eye-catching ornaments that characterise these amazing peoples and gives a fantastic overview of this enthralling region.
Join ORYX CEO, Marius Coetzee in Svalbard 2023
This is the expedition for wildlife photographers who want to travel in a small group and turn their cameras towards Arctic wildlife and dramatic, winter-scapes. Marius Coetzee, ORYX Co-founder & CEO, will be guiding our Classic Photo Expedition III which runs from the 4th to 14th August 2023 onboard the M/S Origo.
2ND BORNEO 2023 PHOTO TOUR OPENED DUE TO HIGH DEMAND 2023
Borneo is the world’s third largest island and conjures up images of a wild forest paradise where Orangutans, gibbons and colourful birds roam the Bornean jungle. We will visit some of Borneo’s most famous wildlife sites including Sepilok, the Kinabatangan River, Tabin Wildlife Reserve and Danum Valley – the latter protecting a piece of one of the oldest and tallest tropical rainforests in the world!
TRAVEL TO SOUTH AFRICA
With a stunning array of attractions, incredible game experiences , first-class accommodations, fine wines and delicious cuisine, very few destinations on the African continent are able to compete with South Africa’s beautiful natural heritage.As a year around destination with an abundance of sights and activities on offer, travel to South Africa has long been, and will continue to remain, a must-experience destination for every type of traveller.
#REVENGETRAVEL – ORYX PHOTO TOURS 2023
It’s nearly mid-way through 2022, and travel plans for 2023 are already underway! We have chosen a select few of our most-popular photo tours to showcase and tantalise your travel-tastebuds, photographic visions and creative curiosities! From Africa’s most-iconic big cats and great apes, to the jungles of Borneo and Svalbard’s winter wonderland…
TANZANIA & KENYA’S MIGRATION
Africa’s greatest natural spectacle is on the move! Whether in Tanzania or Kenya, here are our tours dedicated to your photographic rapture…
PACKING FOR SAFARI: GEAR LIST
Whether a seasoned traveller, intermediate or new, packing for a new photographic destination can be daunting! We’ve made it anything but… From clothing to fitness, your ORYX Photo Tours Leaders to recommended photo gear, we’ve got you covered.
MADAGASCAR IS OPEN FOR TRAVEL!
Madagascar has been one of our most popular photo tour destinations over the past 10 years. We are thrilled to announce that the island is officially open for travel again, and the ORYX team looks forward to taking you to experience Madagascar’s enthralling natural splendours with camera in hand!
MASHATU – HIDES & PREDATORS
PHOTO SAFARIS 2022 & 2023
Due to popular demand, we are excited to announce that the ORYX Photo Tours team has added an additional Mashatu – Hides & Predators Photo Tour to our 2022 Scheduled Photo Tours Calendar! Limited to only 3 guests and 1 ORYX Photo Tour Leader.
BRAZIL – WILDLIFE OF THE PANTANAL PHOTO TOURS 2022 & 2023
The ORYX Photo Tours team has designed both mixed group and Women Only photo tours to Brazil which visit the planet’s largest tropical wetland: The Pantanal. A fantastic selection of wildlife awaits the avid photographer, however one creature has an aura unlike any other in the region, and that is the breath-taking Jaguar
Chile’s borders are open!LAST MINUTE SPACES 2022 & SPECIALS
Book a last minute space to photograph Pumas in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Patagonia.
US$1,000 off per person sharing!
x3 Spaces Available.
4 – 10 April 2022
TANZANIA – NGORONGORO CRATER & SERENGETI PREDATORS & WILDEBEEST CALVING PHOTO TOUR 2023
Join ORYX Senior Leader and East African expert Penny Robartes in search of iconic images in arguably 2 of Africa’s most famous wildlife sanctuary’s; Ngorongoro Crater & southern Serengeti
UGANDA – GREAT APES & WILDLIFE PHOTO TOUR 2022 & 2023
Our Uganda – Great Apes & Wildlife Photo Tour takes you to visit the famed Queen Elizabeth National Park to search for the famed tree-climbing lions of Ishasha, Kibale Forest for its Chimpanzees and the legendary Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for the gentle giants and certainly the stars of the show: Mountain gorillas.
Savute & Khwai: Wildlife Photography Hotspots
Discounts on single and twinshare accommodation for 2022! As one of Africa’s most sought-after safari destinations, Botswana has a lot of camps and areas that offer photographic safaris, however we have hand-picked two that have consistently delivered the goods – Savute and Khwai.
Thank you for your Support
As we reflect on the year that was, it is safe to say that it was a year of challenges, but also of growth, hope and joy. And also excitement…The excitement of hosting safaris and of sharing the magic of the incredible destinations we offer. In 2021, we hosted tours in South America and in multiple destinations in east, central and southern Africa. But we couldn’t have done it without you.
Chile’s borders are open! Time to get planning
Patagonia is world-renowned for its incredible natural beauty, and it is here where the elusive Puma can be found more reliably than almost anywhere. The tour commences in April which offers us a very good chance to witness and photograph the lives of these secretive cats. Get US$750 off! Only 2 Spaces available!
Black Friday Photo Tour Discounts
This Black Friday we’re offering deals on select tours in 2022 and 2023 to Africa, Madagascar, Asia, South America and Europe. Filled with a myriad of wildlife photographic opportunities and experiences that will get your camera shutters working overtime, we recommend you do not delay in securing your place on one of our fantastic photo tours now!
Turning Black Friday Discounts Green!
As Black Friday has become a symbol of overconsumption and overproduction, we encourage you to join us as we support Green Week. Each ORYX photo tour includes a combination of important national park levies, conservation, community, and education fees as well as donations to key conservation projects. We are offering discounts on select photo tours…
Africa’s Best Predator Safaris – Last Minute Travel
As October draws to a close and the end of 2021 lurks just around the corner, we can’t help but look ahead as 2022 comes blazing into sight!We have 2 safaris that offer just the excuse to get travelling in the coming months, the first a celebration of life as one year ends and another begins, and the second a feast of predator action without the crowds!
Women Only Photo Tours 2022 & 2023
ORYX Photo Tours and Penny Robartes have designed our Women Only Photo Tours to offer women with a thirst for exploring exotic destinations with camera in hand the ability to travel together. These tours are designed to allow like-minded ladies to learn and feel empowered to be creative in an environment of camaraderie and support of fellow women photographers.
Chile’s borders are open!
Near South America’s weather-battered southernmost tip lies a vast and wild land that sprawls across Argentina and Chile, and is home to fantastic mountain peaks, huge steppes, glaciers and icefields. And some incredible animals! This area – Patagonia – is world-renowned for its incredible natural beauty, and it is here where the elusive Puma can be found more reliably than almost anywhere.
Join ORYX Co-founder & CEO Marius Coetzee as he returns to Svalbard!
If you are a wildlife photographer looking for glorious lighting conditions, Arctic wildlife and snowy, winter-scapes, a Svalbard Winter Photo Expedition is just the trip for you! We are very pleased to announce that Marius Coetzee, ORYX Co-founder, will be guiding…
South Georgia Photo Tour 2023
…What sets this photo tour apart from “standard” tours to South Georgia is that this one is focused on photography, thus landings will be timed so that guests get to photograph in the best light conditions. Longer stops will be scheduled when going ashore compared to traditional trips in order to provide participants with enough time to get excellent pictures.
Best of the Mara Migration Photo Tour 2023
The Great Migration is one of nature’s grandest spectacles as an estimated 1.5 million Wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of Plains Zebra follow the rains in search of the better quality grazing. Kenya’s Masai Mara provides an amphitheatre to view this sensational occurrence, and with plains covered in mighty herds and the adrenaline-filled sight of wildebeest plunging through the Mara River…
Photo Expedition 2021 & 2022 – Antartica & South Georgia
Our voyage traverses some of the most productive regions of the Southern Ocean, notably the Falkland and South Georgia Islands, both of which are renowned as among the richest of all Subantarctic islands. South Georgia’s rugged beauty is worthy of Antarctica itself…
Private luxury safaris to Botswana
This is Botswana in its truest sense; a wildlife utopia that offers some of the finest game viewing in Africa and is crowned with small, intimate, luxury camps that offer high standards of accommodation, cuisine and service. Botswana is home to some of Africa’s largest tracks of wild land and is renowned for offering a selection of the best wildlife photography experiences on the continent..
Kenya – The Best of the Mara Migration Photo Tour 2021
The Great Migration is one of nature’s grandest spectacles as an estimated 1.5 million Wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of Plains Zebra follow the rains in search of the better quality grazing. As international travel continues to recover, this may be the only time to capture the Mara’s splendours with minimal tourists.
Botswana – Savute & Khwai Photo Tour 2021
As one of Africa’s most sought-after safari destinations, Botswana has a lot of camps and areas that offer photographic safaris, however we have hand-picked two that have consistently delivered the goods – Savute and Khwai. This is one of ORYX’s more popular tours, and with guests emerging with wonderful portfolio’s year on year.
South Luangwa Photo Tour 2022
Dubbed “The Valley of the Leopard”, South Luangwa has one of the highest densities of Leopard in the Africa, making it an immediate drawcard for wildlife photographers and, with the beautiful game-filled landscape being relatively untouched by humans, it is as a consequence still authentically wild and provides an exhilarating safari experience. Our Photo Tour takes place in September 2022..
East Africa Travel Updates, May 2021
Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda are some of our most-loved and desired destinations for tours ranging from relaxed honeymoon and families safaris through to hardcore wildlife photographers. With COVID restrictions being revised and updated regularly, ORYX Photo Tours presents to you an easy to read list of travel updates for Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda as of the first week of May 2021.
Polar Expeditions in 2022 & 2023
The Polar regions and its mysteries are, and will always be, intriguing and captivating to us. Historic accounts detail the extraordinary journeys heroic adventurers undertook to discover these lands but today, we no longer undergo the dangerous and perilous journeys that past explorers underwent. Advancement in technology has allowed us access to explore further into the Polar regions in extreme comfort…
Destination Spotlight: Uganda
There is an African safari destination that offers more than just the enthralling, quintessential holiday that you may have become acquainted with in Kenya, South Africa, Botswana or Tanzania. It is an equatorial nation that adds experiences that are tactile, where the smells of the mountainous, forested landscape fill your nostrils as you stretch your legs and walk to your quarry. This is Uganda…
Botswana Photo Tours in 2021 & 2022
We have designed two cost effective Botswana Wildlife Photo Tours offering incredible value for money to famed areas that are well-known for their diversity in landscape, wildlife species and photographic opportunities. From endangered and threatened species such as African Wild Dog, Roan Antelope and Cheetah to the much-desired Leopard, Lion, Elephant and bird life…
Escape to South Africa on a Photo Safari
South Africa boasts some of the worlds top game reserves that offer other wildlife experiences and activities that without a doubt, certainly rank as some of the best in Africa.Wildlife photography and Conservation activities are our choice activities here, and now they can be yours too!
Working Remotely & Living Your Safari Lifestyle
“In the current world of technology where meetings take place over Zoom or Microsoft Teams, and where in many cases we are forced to work “remotely”, I can truly say that operating directly from the calmness and beauty of nature has had a profound change on my outlook related to both entrepreneurship, and how and from where I manage ORYX Photo Tours…”
Big Cats Photo Tours in 2022
It’s time to convert those dreams into plans, and look ahead to travel in 2022! The team at ORYX is working hard to reignite the excitement of travel and is striving to make planning your next adventure a breeze. We are breaking up our 2022 scheduled tour offerings into themes which highlight specific attractions. This month’s theme encapsulates destinations where the captivating presence of the big cats leaves its mark!
SA Resident Special: Leopards of Londolozi & MalaMala
Come and enjoy a photo safari experience par excellence at Londolozi & MalaMala Game Reserve with ORYX CEO and Co-founder Marius Coetzee that will leave you with a plethora of images and experiences… particularly of Leopards! These special rates will never be repeated!
Kenya Wildlife Photo Tours 2021 & 2022
Dreaming of visiting Kenya? Join ORYX on one of our carefully crafted tours that are designed to maximise photo opportunities and also to enjoy the sights, sounds and serenity that comes with a getaway to the safari icon of East Africa!
Photograph Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula
Antarctica is surely the ultimate destination! The scenic settings are as magnificent as any on earth, and the scale of nearly everything is grand, to say the least. Complementing these astounding vistas are vast colonies of majestic penguins, brash skuas, giant albatrosses, weird sheathbills, languid seals and feeding whales that all add life to the region’s stark and amazing beauty.
Brazil – Finest Jaguar Photography on Earth
Within the planet’s largest tropical wetland we find some of the most spectacular concentrations of wildlife in South America. Birds are abundant, and a fantastic selection of interesting wildlife awaits the avid photographer; such as the captivating Jaguar.
High Covid-safety practices in Kenya
If you have the itch to travel and want the best safari experience, honestly, the time is now. We will never again experience Kenya without the masses again. The time to visit Kenya, and fall in love for the first time, or again, with Africa’s most celebrated safari destination, is undoubtedly NOW. As my 45-day Kenyan photo safari draws to a close…
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Thank you from all of us at ORYX Photo Tours for your support this year! It has meant the world to us, and we are looking forward to working together more in 2021. Wishing you and your families a wonderful Christmas and every success in the New Year!
To our esteemed guests
We would like to take this opportunity to extend a heartfelt thank you for your continued support. We couldn’t do it without you… the photography, wildlife and cultural experiences, travel and laughs that we are so eager to share with you would not be possible if we didn’t have you, our guests…
SADC specials – Africa awaits!
We have compiled a list of African destinations that are offering incredible discounts to SADC residents at present, so the time to take advantage of sensational rates and tick off some bucket list destinations is now!
Lions of Lamai
The Lamai area is a hidden gem of the Serengeti National Park. It is fairly remote, being located in the far north of the Serengeti and is really only realistically reachable by way of flight. Hemmed in by the Isuria Escarpment to the west, the Mara River to the south, and the Kenyan border to the north, this is a slice of paradise indeed.
Jaw dropping scenery and coastal wildlife of south-east Alaska!
Beginning in Sitka, we will cruise the calm marine waters towards Glacier Bay, one of the highlights of this cruise. Our boat has access to permits (very sought-after) allowing entry into Glacier Bay National Park.
Incredible tiered discounts with ORYX’s Big Cats
Enter the realm of the big cat with ORYX’s Big Cats of the World Photo Club!
Join ORYX Expedition Leader and CEO Marius Coetzee as he returns to Svalbard!
With Marius as photo tour leader, participants are guaranteed a high degree of photographic tuition on board a small ship with dedicated, highly experienced expedition staff.
Subscribe & Win
With recent studies showing the mood enhancing benefits of watching nature on television, we would like to introduce you to the relaunch of our YouTube channel. We will be hard at work adding more quality content, so subscribe and enjoy!
The Art of Bird Photography
Birds are a widespread group of vertebrates that everyone will bump into on a daily basis, and with 10,000 plus species on Planet Earth displaying a huge amount of variety in size, form, colour and habits, there is a lot of potential to enjoy photographing them.
Re-launching South Africa
South Africa’s tourism industry has been through a tumultuous period brought on by COVID-19 and the associated lockdown, and we are most excited that South Africa’s international borders are beginning to open on the 1st October 2020! ORYX is offering 2021 set departures in a back-to-back fashion to 3 strategic areas in our wonderful nation, allowing wildlife photographers a range of complementary experiences.
Marataba Rhino Conservation Photo Safari
Marataba is an exciting property that represents a fresh approach to ecotourism and we are most excited that guests will get to roll their sleeves up and participate in the actions that will help threatened species, in situ!
Ethiopia – Borders Now Open
The arrival of the Ethiopian New Year, or Enkutatash, brought some good news for travellers as the East African nation declared borders open for international tourism.
Exclusive rewards on these premiere photo tours
Join us at either Duba Explorers Camp or Selinda Explorers Camp on an ORYX Photo Tour, and select from a list of HPH Publishing titles any number of books to the value of R3,000!
Polar Packing Guide
Embarking on a polar expedition is a monumental and thrilling journey into a land of true wilderness. But what clothing items should you pack? This preparation is as important as your expedition itself, and we are here to make it as seamless as possible for you.
South African Resident Specials
Whether you are looking for a long weekend with a loved one, or a short break with the family, our South African Resident Rate Specials will stretch your hard-earned cash a little further while helping you to get out and enjoy our natural heritage!
Let’s discuss your travels in 2021
With 2021 virtually around the corner, it’s time to look at dates, and we have tried to make your life a bit easier by highlighting which ORYX set departures have minimal spaces remaining.
Celebrating Women’s Month
Firstly, let’s look at the role of females from a wildlife perspective.
Time to get away!
Escaping from the hubbub of city life into nature is likely to be at the forefront of most of our minds, especially given the near on 5 months that South Africa has been on lockdown.
10 Years of Dreaming!
This is the journey of ORYX, founded 10 years ago with the simple vision to share this dream in creating the world’s premier photographic safari company
Save with ORYX
As ORYX nears a milestone next week – our 10th birthday – we will be launching the latest in a set of exciting specials, namely our “Plan Ahead and Save” promotion.
Tailor-made Destination Management
Transforming our guest’s dreams into experiences that will remain with them in abstract form as memories.
Exclusive Safari Specials to East Africa
The time to travel is now! Many countries are devoid of tourists currently, and this presents some amazing travel opportunities!
Let’s Dream of Gorilla Trekking
There is nothing like it – photographing Mountain Gorillas is unique. It is an animal encounter bolstered by an emotional connection
MalaMala Game Reserve
In existence since 1927, this massive, thriving tract of land offers the most exciting wildlife photographic safari this side of the equator.
Let’s Dream of the Polar Regions
As far as the inhospitable regions of our planets are considered, few are as truly challenging as the polar regions.
Dreaming of Big Cats
You may ask yourself, why have we created a program designed to see a number of the world’s big cats? What is it about big cats that makes them so special?
Ethiopia’s Omo Valley
This fast-developing nation fortunately retains much of its cultural distinctiveness, with out primary area of concern being focussed on Ethiopia’s cultural photographic opportunities in the south of the country.
Lets Dream of exotic India
A profusion of rich colours. An explosion sound, of music and laughter. A surfeit of smells and tastes. A vivid kaleidoscope of cultures, sights and experiences virtually unparalleled in all the world – this is India!
Being in the Moment
As we near our 10th birthday, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the guests that have travelled with us since the inception of our company. We would be nothing without you, and we would like to express our gratitude to all ORYX’s clients that have been part of our exciting journey thus far.
Lets Dream of Iconic Kenya
ORYX offers a range of excellent value scheduled options to Kenya that boast superb photographic opportunities for wildlife and culture, comfortable accommodations and smooth logistics that come from hard-won experience.
Dreaming about far away places
The medium of photography can perform more than a documentary function. It has the potential to inspire. Enjoy this selection of images that provoke a sense of awe and inspiration.
Lets dream beyond isolation
Thank you to all who participated in our #escapetheisolation photo competition. After much time spent going through each submission, our judges Marius Coetzee, Penny Robartes and Kirsten Frost have selected an overall winner!
Win a Safari!
We have got some exciting news for you! Today we start a new sweepstake where your entry stands a chance of winning a six-night stay in Kenya’s Masai Mara. This incredible prize is valued at US$8,860.
Missive from Mauritius
To paraphrase an oft used quote – it is not the strongest that survive, nor the most intelligent, but those most adaptable to change. ORYX prides itself on its dynamism and adaptability, and we are working smart to ensure that we will be ready to offer you, our esteemed client, our world-class photo tours when global travel restarts.
Lets dream about Africa
With the pandemic changing the world around us, we need to find the positives and look to the future. The weakening currency of certain African countries, and low airfare specials are making future travel bookings more affordable.
Awaken your Senses
Today we have something very different to share with you. No matter where you might find yourself today, we hope that our collection of soundscapes can transport you into these natural settings for a brief moment.
Escape The Isolation Photo Contest
In order to spread inspiration through photography during this time, we would like to present to you our #ORYXescapetheisolation photo contest.
As a company we’ve decided to be a voice of inspiration and positivity in these uncertain times. We hope that by doing this we can lift the spirits of those who are feeling down, and inspire you to continue dreaming.
Life of Predators: A Photo Safari in Kenya’s Masai Mara
Various antelope, Wildebeest and Zebra give birth, whose offspring become easy prey for the vast numbers of predators, some of whom may have also just given birth to new cubs and pups. This provides for some fantastic photo opportunities as there are many more mouths to feed.
The Endemic Wildlife of Madagascar
WELCOME TO #ORYXwomenoftheworld
From trekking Mountain Gorillas in Uganda, to Leopards in South Africa, India’s colourful culture and ancient architecture, to Botswana’s famed Delta and inhabitants, Kenya’s Masai Mara predators, there is no limitation to where our vision and cameras can take us.
“A Borneo photo safari has been high on my list for a long time. Finally, the draw of the orangutans got too much and I booked my trip. The tour had a great mix of driving, hiking and boat trips but the high points were definitely seeing the orangutans in the forests!” – Emma Healey
Thank you for the year!
Wishing you and your families a wonderful festive season and every success in the New Year! May your 2020 bring many special moments, epic shots and new adventures your way – The ORYX Team
Don’t miss these Black Friday deals on select wildlife and culture photo tours in 2020!
Wildlife of the Pantanal
The Pantanal – the world’s largest tropical wetland and is home to some of the most spectacular concentrations of wildlife in South America.
Mashatu – Hides & Predators Photo Safari
Mashatu is a land where huge herds of Elephants roam free, where the roar of a Lion punctuates the night, and where ancient and mighty Baobab trees tower like swollen sentinels over the wild savanna.
Tigers and Snow Leopards
Photographing the Royal Bengal Tigers of Ranthambhore and the stealthy Snow Leopard of the Himilayas are incredible experiences that leave photographers in awe, sending shutter speeds into overdrive and making memory cards full. Don’t believe us? Read more to find out!
Grab The Last Spaces on These Photo Tours!
Looking for a last minute photographic getaway? Look no further than these upcoming small group tours, offering incredible photographic opportunities, incredible value for money and hands on photo tutoring from some of the best Photo Tour Leaders in the business.
Ultimate Amazon Photo Tours
With the constant threat of human expansion and interference, the freedom to visit the remote parts of the Amazon and photograph its treasures found deep in the jungle may sadly cease to exist in the near future. With such a limited window of opportunity, now is the time to travel to Ecuador and explore its natural wonders before it’s too late.
New Tour – Zambia’s Ultimate Leopard Photo Safari
The Luangwa Valley is a remote African safari gem often overlooked in favour of its more well-known neighbours Tanzania, Kenya and Botswana.
However, Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park is one of the last remaining unspoilt wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa – a claim which is not an overstatement!
It’s Our 9th Birthday!
To thank our faithful guests for all the support over the years, we are offering discounts on some of our most popular scheduled photo tours: Brazil, Borneo and Botswana. Each destination boasts splendid wildlife viewing and photographic opportunities, and as always, hands-on photographic tutoring is provided courtesy of an experienced ORYX tour leader.
New Tour – Wrangel Island Photo Expedition
Untouched by glaciers since the last ice age, this Wrangel Island may have been the last place on earth where mammoths survived and is today a treasure trove of Arctic biodiversity with a rich natural history.
Discover Far East Russia with ORYX Photo Tours in conjunction with Heritage Expeditions as we uncover the stunning wild North Eastern Siberian coastline.
Aquatic Jewels & Southern Beasts of the African Wild
We are proud to present two brand new scheduled photo tours to the wildlife saturated Sabi Sands region of South Africa and the Jao Concession in Botswana’s Okavango wetland paradise.
15% Discount on Final Spaces
Antarctica is the ultimate destination for photographers that are looking for a portfolio filled with captivating landscapes and wildlife interactions that are found nowhere else on the planet! Grab the last remaining spaces on our Classic journey as we take you to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Madagascar – Endemic Wildlife Photography
“I have been on many tours around the world and yours was the best!” – Terry Jackson. Madagascar has been one of our most popular destinations over the years, and one that we recommend wholeheartedly to any itinerant wildlife photographer.
Svalbard – Land of the Great White Bear
Svalbard is the best place on earth for photographing Polar Bears, thanks to the incredible lighting and close wildlife proximity that one gets on these expeditions.
Wildlife Photo Tours of India
The wildlife-saturated national parks of Ranthambore and Kaziranga are famous for their iconic Asian species. If wildlife photography is your thing, then India should without a doubt be on your bucket list!
Photograph the worlds rarest cat – the snow leopard
In conjunction with the same guides and trackers as BBC’s Planet Earth II, this tour takes you into the heart of the Himalayan Mountains, which supports the world’s highest concentration of Snow Leopards.
RAW Kenya – Travel to the birthplace of Safaris
The Masai Mara National Reserve is a photographer’s haven as it is teaming with some of Africa’s most sought-after and quintessential wildlife and landscapes. As a year-round safari destination, each season has its own captivating show waiting for you!
#ORYXearth The Waorani Amazon Jungle Resistance
“We are Waorani and we have always lived in the Amazon rainforest. For thousands of years we have defended our territory from trespassers. As a warning, our ancestors left crossed palm-wood spears on trails to give would-be invaders a chance to retreat.
Time-Travel To Kenya’s Lake Turkana
Located in northern Kenya, Lake Turkana is truly an ‘off-the-beaten-track’ destination which offers amazing cultural photographic opportunities. Its tranquil and halcyon atmosphere is truly surreal, and perfect for the escapist photographer.